Nek Wani Ojo Wedi-Wedi, Nek Wedi Ojo Wani-Wani (If You Dare, Don’t be Half-Hearted, if You are Afraid, Don’t Act as if You are Brave), 2021
Tent installation with sound, charcoal on canvas
200 x 400 cm
The existence of Mount Merapi is not only seen as a geological phenomenon but also believed to have a life of its own as a kingdom. The belief in the existence of creatures that guard the nature of Mount Merapi is reflected in the collection of stories that are often passed down through story-telling to the next generation as a form of transmission of knowledge on the ways, behavior, and reading signs of nature around Mount Merapi. The title Nek Wani Ojo Wedi-Wedi, Nek Wedi Ojo Wani-Wani (If you dare, don’t be half-hearted, if you are afraid, don’t act as if you are brave) refers to one such story, a Javanese expression that infers to always measure one’s strength and determination in making decisions.